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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Fall Events & Programs
Group Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 02 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Sat 06 Oct
Clay Pit Clean Up with the Citizens Climate Lobby
Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Help us keep our Park healthy by picking up litter from our trails. Citizens' Climate Lobby works to empower citizens to connect with and influence their members of Congress to spread the idea that each one of us can address climate change. Best for ages 8 and up. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.

Tue 09 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Tue 16 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Sat 20 Oct
Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Join us for our 5th annual fall festival! Celebrate the beauty of fall with these fun activities: pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, fall family photos, live animals, crafts, games, live music, face painting, guided hikes, scarecrow building (bring old clothes), and more! Free entry and parking; nominal fees apply, cash only please.

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